Members of the Tyler Museum of Art’s new museum project team of architects continue to make both national and international headlines. Earlier this month, the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky opened an exhibition titled Unveiling the New Speed: A Model of the Future designed to showcase its $79 million expansion led by TMA project architects, wHY Architecture. Doug Reed of Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects was awarded the esteemed Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. Reed Hilderbrand was chosen by the TMA to design plans for the new museum project in 2008.
Today the Dallas Museum of Art announced the lineup for the first annual BooksmART Festival on Saturday, June 11, 2011. This daylong free festival at the DMA celebrating literature and the arts for families and children of all ages will feature authors and illustrators, artists, workshops, gallery tours, music, and much more. Admission to the Museum and the festival will be free from 11:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., and community partners, including the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas County Community College District, and Dallas Theater Center, will collaborate on programs throughout the festival. Performances include appearances by children’s songwriter and performer Joe McDermott and Faeren, the Austin-based performance group led by Jan Bozarth, author of the popular Fairy Godmother Academy series.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza has appointed Judy Ivey to Director of Institutional Advancement. In this key leadership position, Ms. Ivey will establish a new Development Division as the Museum seeks to build support to help fulfill new project initiatives, particularly in the areas of education, exhibit and collections programming. This new position will also oversee the marketing and communication activities of the organization.
Dr. D. Jack Davis, a longtime professor of art and founding dean of the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA).
Dr. Ned Rifkin, director of the Blanton Museum of Art, will resign from that position May 31 to commit full time to scholarly work and teaching at The University of Texas at Austin.
It is a rare pleasure to see an exhibit through the eyes of its curator. I shared that pleasure recently with about 50 art enthusiasts as Curator of The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art at the Fenimore Art Museum spent an hour introducing us to the traveling installation she had just hung at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA).
Richard’s distinctive trees can be seen as soon as you walk in from across the room. As you get closer to the large piece, you notice the tile pattern used in the background. When you are right in front of the piece you can read more on the story, “the road to the store” in small, painted legible writing. My favorite piece from the entire show is one of the large painted trees, the red and black, ‘The Orchard Trees’.
The New York-based artist Charles LeDray, known for his diminutive yet powerfully resonant objects made of fabric, clay, and bone, is the subject of a major mid-career survey at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Organized by Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, the exhibition traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and will conclude its national tour in Houston.
The Grace Museum, in Abilene, Texas, has posted a very nice video of Rick Weatherl of Weatherl & Associates. Mr. Weatherl discusses the 1992 restoration of Hotel Grace and the challenges of working with a historical building.
There is no Tibetan equivalent for the word “art” as it is known in the West. The closest approximation is lha dri pa, literally, “to draw a deity.” That premise will be explored in the exhibition Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond at the Crow Collection of Asian Art from Saturday, May 21, through Sunday, September 11, 2011. Free and open to the public, the exhibition will feature 24 works of art including paintings and alternative media by eight Tibetan artists.
The new Arts of China Gallery at the MFAH opened last fall with the installation of artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s monumental gunpowder landscape, which had been created in a Houston warehouse, and a dozen objects of Chinese art. The installation of the gallery is now complete, with the addition of an interactive, 40” touch screen, finalizing the curator’s vision to engage museum visitors with the art. The accessible, interactive touch screen allows museum visitors to access information about the dozen artworks on view, and to learn about Chinese art and the MFAH Arts of Asia galleries in general.
In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents The Allure of Paper: Watercolors and Drawings from the Collection, on view July 9–October 9, 2011. Infrequently shown because of their sensitivity to light, the nearly 100 artworks in this special exhibition have never before been exhibited together. Admission is free.
In the Dallas Museum of Art’s first Native American exhibition in nearly twenty years, more than 100 works of art from the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, will be on view beginning April 24, 2011, in the Museum’s Chilton Galleries. Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection explores the extraordinarily diverse forms of visual expression in Native North America. Organized by geographic culture areas, the works of art in this exhibition date from well before first European contact to the present and celebrate the continuing vitality of American Indian art.
The Modern’s Teen-Artist Project pairs area high school students with artists as teachers. Every fall and spring, up to fifteen dedicated, hardworking, and creative students are accepted into the program and spend Sunday afternoons working with program artists in the Modern’s galleries and studio. Throughout the program, students become familiar with the museum as a resource for looking at and learning about art, expanding each student’s art practice with the introduction of new concepts, artists, and media.
As part of their effort to support and encourage the artistic experience of students in Dallas/Ft. Worth and the surrounding area, Kenny Goss and his partner, pop star George Michael, are pleased to announce the fifth annual Student Art Contest, “Saturate”, sponsored by The Goss-Michael Foundation.